Variable Skink

Trachylepis varia

The Variable Skink is a lizard found in grassland and savanna habitats, and especially rocky areas there-in, and distributed (in South Africa) from the coastal Eastern Cape through Kwazulu-Natal, the Free State and Gauteng to the North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. They feed on insects and other invertebrates. Females give birth to as many as 10 babies in the summer months. They grow quickly; maturing at about 8 months of age (when they measure around 6cm in length, tail excluded) with a life expectancy of only about two years, or even less.

14 thoughts on “Variable Skink

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      They sport a wide range of colouration on the back and tail, Janet, even in the same population – the only constant characteristic all members of the species share is the bright white line down the side all the way to the back legs.

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